Young talents all set for National Indian Music Competition 2006


Young talents all set for


National Indian Music Competition 2006



~ 4-9 September 2006 ~


Come 4 September, 121 budding Indian musicians will vie for a place in Singapore’s biggest Indian music platform, the biennial National Indian Music Competition (NIMC). These participants represent some 94 entries – 91 solo and 3 ensembles (comprising 10 members each). This year, the highly contended carnatic vocal category has drawn a total of 30 entries – the highest among all instrument categories.


A new competition category for flute will be introduced this year. In addition, the age limit for all participants has also been capped at 30 – down from age 35 two years ago – to enable the Competition to focus its efforts on nurturing younger musicians.  We are also allowing more performers in the Ensemble Category, making it possible for 6-10 to compete in a group compared to 4-8 previously.  Participants stand to win trophies, certificates and cash prizes. Total cash prizes amount to $27,500, a 14% increase from the 2004 NIMC.


Organised by the National Arts Council (NAC), the NIMC provides a platform to develop the performing skills of musicians in Singapore, improve their musical standards, identify potential musical talents and provide opportunities for musicians to perform in a competitive environment.   


“We are glad that the National Indian Music Competition continues to find relevance and draw participation from the community. The Competition has been instrumental to the Council’s efforts to enhance participation and appreciation of Indian classical music. As the Competition evolves, we aim to further profile and cultivate the wealth of young talents striving for musical distinction,” said Ms Elaine Ng, Deputy Director, Performing Arts, NAC.


Five established music specialists from India will adjudicate the Competition. They are Mr Rajhesh Vaidhya (veena), Mr Sanjay Subrahmanyan (carnatic vocal), Mrs Shubhada Aniruddha Deshpande (sitar), Mr Santhanam Varadarajan (violin) and Mr Neyvali Venkatesh (mridangam).


This year, in a move that is sure to heighten the excitement among participants, the results of the Ensemble category finals will be held on the same evening as the Prize Winners’ Concert. The Concert will be held on 8 September and is an immediate platform for selected top prize winners to showcase their talent. Held together with the prize presentation ceremony, the Concert will invite prize winners to perform a work of their choice from their Competition repertoire.


Music enthusiasts can also glean valuable lessons when the adjudicators conduct masterclasses on 9 September.  Selected Competition participants will be invited to perform during the masterclasses. 


The Competition rounds, Prize Winners’ Concert and masterclasses are open to the public. Admission to the competition rounds is free. Tickets for the Concert and masterclasses are priced at $10 and $5 (per session) respectively, and are now available from SISTIC. 



  • Competition details
  • Profiles of Adjudicators